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Acclaimed Celtic guitarist Jerry Barlow to perform in Pagosa

Jerry Barlow, acclaimed Celtic fingerstyle guitarist, performs at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25, at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts.

Reservations for the concert can be made by calling 731-SHOW (7469) or on the PSCA website Tickets are $15.

Barlow is a warm, accessible performer and storyteller, his repertoire a synthesis of his own compositions and the traditional music of the British Isles. In concert, Jerry brings traditional Celtic tunes alive by sharing the history, humor and legends behind the music. His expressive arrangements have been described as music to soothe the soul, warm the heart and lift the spirit.

Celtic fingerstyle, the flowing guitar style at the heart of Barlow’s music, was originally developed by British guitarists during the folk music revival of the 1960s. It’s a kind of “folk baroque” which introduced an intriguing guitar tuning called “DADGAD,” a tuning that has helped many guitarists express deeply lyrical music. Barlow’s extensive use of this tuning and his comprehensive fingerpicking technique really brings his guitar to life as a richly appealing solo instrument. Audiences, who have attended his past concerts in Pagosa during the past decade have certainly confirmed his reputation for superb musicianship, great audience rapport and refreshing sense of humor.

You can listen Barlow’s music online at

The musical possibilities of the guitar have fascinated people for ages. The oldest known iconographic representation of an instrument displaying the essential features of a guitar is 3,300 year-old stone carving of a Hittite bard. We’ll never know how far back the guitar’s antecedents go. What we do know is that, today, the guitar is the most popular of all the musical instruments on earth. Join us for the Jerry Barlow concert for some great guitar music.

The Jerry Barlow concert is produced by Elation Center for the Arts in collaboration with the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, with the sponsorship of The Pagosa Springs SUN.

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